Councilor Arroyo Exploring Citywide Public Recycling On-the-go Program

In an effort to expand recycling in the city, City Councilor at-Large Felix G. Arroyo has introduced a hearing order to look into ways to provide public recycling bins on Boston’s streets at no cost to the city. “Introducing recycling bins to our streets, gives our residents and visitors an opportunity to recycle on-the-go,”...

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Swans Return to Public Garden

The return of the swans to the Public Garden is one of those rights of spring that makes life worth living, especially if you transit from Beacon Hill into the Public Garden for your morning walk to work. The return of the swans following a winter at the Franklin Park Zoo is just what...

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Police Briefs 05-08-2012

From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny in a Building 04/24/12 – A victim reported while walking on Charles Street at around 4:15 p.m., her wallet was removed from her purse, which was hanging from her baby carriage. The handbag contained a wallet, along with credit cards and personal papers. Larceny Over $200 04/27/12 –...

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Captain Thomas Lee to Appear at Police ‘Meet and Greet’

May 2, 2012
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Captain Thomas Lee to Appear at Police ‘Meet and Greet’

Neighbors will have a chance to introduce themselves to Captain Thomas Lee of Area A-1 on May 17 when the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Safety Committee sponsors a police “meet-and-greet” at the Firehouse. A 30-year veteran of the Boston Police Department (BPD), Lee took over the captain’s post in March after his predecessor,...

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Residents Make Beacon Hill Shine

Residents Make Beacon Hill Shine

The Neighborhood Spring Clean Up Day, sponsored Saturday by the Beacon Hill Civic Association in conjunction with Boston Shines, featured several special projects this year. Both the Myrtle Street Playground and the Phillips Street Playground received a fresh load of mulch, which volunteers – including hard-working Suffolk University students – spread among the flowers...

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Angelina and Me

I can’t remember when I first took note of Angelina Jolie, but it was probably when I was flipping through magazines at a hair or nail salon, since that’s where Angelina magazines reside. I gradually became aware that she had supposedly stolen another actress’s husband, that the husband was Brad Pitt, that Angelina and...

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Everything is Sprouting

Despite the recent chill in the air, everything green and colorful coming out of the ground all over the hill, is sprouting brilliantly. Everywhere you look, whether a flowerbox, a spit of grass, a row of trees and budding bushes like those lining Mt. Vernon Street, are something to behold. There are a few...

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Police Briefs 05-01-2012

From Boston Police Area A-1 Breaking and Entering – Non-Residence 04/17/12 – A Cambridge Street café reported unknown(s) person broke the front glass window and entered the building between 9 p.m. on April 16 and 9:20 a.m. the following day. The suspect removed U.S. currency and the cash register. Drugs/ Trafficking Cocaine 04/19/12 –...

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Neighborhood Spring Clean Up Day Saturday

April 24, 2012
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Neighborhood Spring Clean Up Day Saturday

The Beacon Hill Civic Association’s Streets and Sidewalks Committee asks all residents to step outside and give the sidewalk in front of their homes a good spring cleaning during Boston Shines, Saturday, April 28. “Cleaning up is everybody’s responsibility – every resident, every shopkeeper, every business,” said committee member Keeta Gilmore, who does her...

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Welcome the Season at the Nichols House Museum

April 24, 2012
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Welcome the Season at the Nichols House Museum

This popular party has become a rite of spring for Beacon Hill. Welcome spring with your friends and neighbors, while enjoying delicious food and fun and creative cocktails. Guests are invited to bid on an exquisite selection of silent auction items, including a holiday house in London, Patriots tickets, Ted Muehling candlesticks and stunning...

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Spring Rain, Finally

April 24, 2012
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In an odd way, the heavy rain that lashed much of the East Coast late Sunday evening and Monday felt good. The rain soaked nearly everything outside and in such a way that some of us believed we could feel a collective sigh of relief coming from plants and everything living and trying to...

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Police Briefs 04-24-2012

April 24, 2012
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From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from Motor Vehicle 04/11/12 – A victim reports on Beacon Street reported unknown person(s) removed a courier bag containing documents, letters, a wallet, U.S. currency and keys from his 1996 Toyota Corolla between 1:45 and 2 p.m. Vandalism 04/15/12 – A witness reported at around 2:49 a.m. on...

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Villa Mexico Café to Make Its Case to Zoning Board of Appeals for Proposed Move to 12 Grove Street

April 24, 2012
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After deferring their March 24 hearing with the city in an effort to gain more community support, the owners of Villa Mexico Café are again scheduled to appear before the Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday, May 8, as they seek the zoning relief necessary for the business to relocate to 12 Grove St....

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Charles St. Market Owner Says He is Moving Forward

April 17, 2012
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Despite reports to the contrary, Charles Street Market proprietor Tracy Hollander told the Times he still plans to relocate his business across the street. Hollander intends to move the market from its current location at 62-66 Charles St. to the site of the existing Charles Street Laundromat at 39 Charles St. According to the...

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Beacon Hill Author Introduces Rosi’s Castle

April 17, 2012
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Beacon Hill Author Introduces Rosi’s Castle

Everyone has a favorite book they can recall from when they were younger. For some, it was the Nancy Drew mystery series. For others, it was Harry Potter. For the next generation, it will be Rosi’s Castle. “When newly orphaned Rosi Carol is sent to live with her mysterious Uncle Richard in his eerie...

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Attention To Detail

April 17, 2012
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Attention To Detail

LAST WEEK’S ANSWER The window in last week’s clue is on 131 Charles Street. This has been a mixed residential/commercial building since at least 1925 when building permits show it was a rooming house and store. In 1984, it was con­verted to three apartments, offices, and a store. Do you have a favorite building...

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Hill House’s ‘backyard Dash’ to Be on May 5

April 17, 2012
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For the Hill House community, it’s off to the races, again! On Saturday, May 5, at noon, Hill House will host this year’s “Backyard Dash” at Fiedler Field and the Esplanade Pathways. The event will feature the Second Annual Girls on the Run 5K, a Diaper Dash for toddlers, Fun Run/Walk for all ages,...

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The American Revolution is What Began Here in 1775

April 17, 2012
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This year marks the 237thyear of American Independence. The noble American experience with freedom and justice for all began here and everything that took shape and form since, had its beginnings in this place. We are called the Cradle of Liberty as a result. It is altogether an appropriate appellation. Patriot’s Day 2012 marks...

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Police Briefs 04-17-2012

April 17, 2012
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Larceny from Motor Vehicle 04/02/12 – A Lindall Place resident reports unknown person(s) broke the driver’s side window of his 2004 Honda Pilot, damaged the dashboard radio and stole a GPS and satellite radio between 9:30 p.m. on April 1 and 8 a.m. the following day. Incidents April 2 Beacon Street  – Motor Vehicle...

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Miguel Rosales: Building a better bridge

April 11, 2012
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Anyone to ever gaze upon the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge knows the indelible imprint that architect Miguel Rosales has left on the City of Boston. A native of Guatemala, Rosales came to the Greater Boston area in 1985 to pursue a Master of Science in Architectural Studies from the Massachusetts Institute...

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BHCA Gives Nod to New Market Location

April 10, 2012
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BHCA Gives Nod to New Market Location

The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee voted Wednesday not to oppose granting the zoning relief and permit necessary for the Charles Street Market to relocate from its present location to the space now occupied by the Charles Street Laundromat. Tracy Hollander, owner of the Charles Street Market, currently located at...

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Tostan NGO Founder Molly Melching Speaks at Women’s Luncheon Series

April 10, 2012
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Tostan NGO Founder Molly Melching Speaks at Women’s Luncheon Series

Molly Melching, founder of Tostan, joined guests at the Hampshire House in Boston on March 5 to discuss the ongoing effort to end the practice of female genital cutting (FGC). Tostan advocates for the rights of women and children by encouraging the abandonment of FGC and child/forced marriage, reducing infant and maternal mortality, organizing...

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CVS Robbery Succeeds; Bomb Threat Just That

April 10, 2012
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The heavy-set man wearing a black mask, gray sweatshirt and black jeans who robbed the Beacon Hill CVS Pharmacy 11:30 a.m. Saturday morning remains at large, according to Boston Police. The robber also handed a pharmacy clerk a note demanding drugs and claiming he had hidden bombs in the store and inside the West...

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The Tough New Manager

April 10, 2012
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A few weeks back, Mayor Menino invited Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine to lunch with a number of his friends at Parkman House in order to introduce him properly to some of the business people of Boston. Valentine was his inimitable self – that is – strong and fit in appearance, unambiguous about what...

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